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After $585 million for Destination Medical Center, will Rochester get more bonding money?

Lawmakers wonder if Rochester has had enough state help for a while, after last year’s big commitment to Mayo projects.

As legislators prepare to begin debate on a bonding bill of up to $1 billion for construction projects around the state, some Rochester area legislators worry they may have difficulty getting much in this year’s appropriation.

That’s because last year the Legislature approved $585 million for the ambitious Destination Medical Project, which will help the Mayo Clinic expand over the next 20 years.

DFL state Rep. Kim Norton told the Rochester Post-Bulletin: “I hear almost daily that Rochester already got so much, and they shouldn’t ask for any more.”

Area legislators have projects they would like to include in this year’s bonding bill this year, including $37 million to expand Mayo Civic Center and $15 million for environmental studies of a high-speed rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities, the paper said.Norton said it will be an uphill climb to persuade legislators from around the state to put more money into projects for the area.